Green Economy Perspectives: A Forum with Chris Ragan

Toronto – On Wednesday January 11, from 5-6 pm, the Sustainability Network hosts Chris Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, as he shares his perspectives on the green economy.

The Ecofiscal Commission seeks to identify and promote practical fiscal solutions for Canada that spark the innovation required for increased economic and environmental prosperity.

It was formed by a group of experienced, policy-minded economists from across the country, seeking to broaden the discussion of ecofiscal policy reform beyond the academic sphere and into the realm of practical policy application. The Ecofiscal Commission and its Commissioners are fully independent and aim to serve policy-makers across the political spectrum, at all levels of government.

They are supported by an Advisory Board with broad and diverse perspectives representing industry, the environment and the spectrum of political thought in Canada. Their aim is to bring people together around the table to have the critical discussion about ecofiscal reform that Canada’s future requires.

About the Speakers

  • Christopher Ragan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University. He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which launched in November 2014 with a 5-year horizon to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. He is a member of the federal finance minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which began in early 2016 and formerly a Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada and the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada.
  • Mike Morrice has spent his career galvanizing community-led transitions to a greener economy. He founded Sustainable Waterloo Region in 2008 and then Sustainability CoLab, which he now leads, in 2012. Mike will facilitate the conversation with Chris Ragan.
  • Paul Bubelis is Executive Director of the Sustainability Network which hosts the series and he will MC.

Green Economy Perspectives is part of the Sustainability Network’s Economic Literacy Project which offers training and outreach to ENGOs to help Canadians transition toward a green economy. The Economic Literacy Project is supported by a grant from the Ivey Foundation.


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